It is only recently that I've really given thought to, well, my thoughts. And the idea that my thoughts might not be true. They could be a story I've been telling myself for years but a story is all it really is. And I can tell myself a new story by changing my thoughts.
In most situations, we have a choice as to how we will think about what is occurring. We can choose to only see the negatives and think negative thoughts on repeat. But it we choose to see the possibilities or the blessings or even the lessons, we can turn the situation around. Or at least make ourself less miserable.
My thoughts this year have often been about how overwhelmed I feel at work. How there isn't enough time to accomplish everything. I say to myself "I'm drowning." It feels true to me, but it doesn't help anything at all, especially my mindset. I keep confirming to myself how impossible it is and that leads to feeling paralyzed and unhappy.
My thinking now is that I need to come up with an action plan for how to accomplish tasks. I need to accept that everything might not get done all at once but tell myself words of encouragement about my ability to effectively teach. It's worth a try! All the thoughts about how hard it is and how unhappy I feel are not making anything easier or making me happier.
Do you believe everything you tell yourself? How do you switch off unproductive thoughts?
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski